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Juventus need ‘something extraordinary’ to reach Champions League on points draw – Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri admitted Juventus must “do something extraordinary” to qualify for the Champions League following their 15-point deficit.

The Italian Football Confederation (FIGC) confirmed the punishment on Friday following an investigation into the Bianconeri’s previous transfer dealings, although the club confirmed their intention to appeal the sanction.

Former president Andrea Agnelli and ex-chief Maurizio Arrivabene were also banned from Italian football for two years, while former sporting director Fabio Paratici, now at Tottenham, was banned for 30 months.

Juve, who were third in the Serie A table, subsequently dropped to 10th and 12 points off the Champions League places with 20 games remaining.

“When they told me the request was nine points, I immediately did the calculation on the distance from the Champions League,” Allegri said ahead of the Bianconeri’s clash with Atalanta on Sunday.

“When the verdict of 15 points came, I made another one – points that would be needed to go to the Champions League. To get there, you have to do something extraordinary.”

But Allegri has urged his players to demonstrate unity in the wake of the ban and remain focused on the task at hand – starting with the visit of Atalanta.

“It’s a special game after what happened yesterday,” he added. “We all have to unite even more, continue to work with a low profile. We, the staff and the players, just have to think about the pitch.

“Nothing (changes), we still have to score points. We have to try to win tomorrow. Atalanta is in good physical shape. We play at home and it has to be met in the best way. We have to try to do it. the best we able to.

“We must not start again, these judicial events concern the community. There will be an appeal, which the lawyers have communicated. We must think only of the field.

“Given the new position, which is a fact at the moment, we have 22 points and we have to try to win tomorrow to get to 25.”

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